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A fancy new Start menu and rounded menu corners aren’t the only things that Windows 11 users will be able to appreciate when the new operating system begins rolling out next month. As detailed in a new video with Steve Dispensa, VP of Enterprise Management at Microsoft, Windows 11 will also feature plenty of under-the-hood updates that will make the new OS feel faster than its predecessor.

One of the major changes is how Windows 11 handles foreground apps. According to Dispena, foreground apps now have access to more CPU and other system resources thanks to better prioritization, which should keep things feeling snappy even when the processor is stressed.

So under the hood, we’ve done a lot of work in memory management to favor the app windows you have running in the foreground so that they’re prioritized with more CPU and other system resources. This also carries forward when you launch an app under load. For example, you can see in task manager that my CPU is running with a 90 percent load on it, what we internally call P90. And that would typically slow you down as you open more apps. So I’m going to launch a couple of apps, first Excel and it loads quickly. Then I’ll snap that window to the left so you can see the task manager on the right. Now, we’ll open Word; again, super fast. And then I’ll put that window below the Excel window. As you can still see in the task manager, despite the heavy load on the CPU, both apps launched as they normally would without any lag. And that’s because these processes are in the foreground so they get more compute resource.

Dispensa goes on to talk about the Sleeping Tabs feature in Microsoft Edge and how it enables considerable reductions in memory and CPU usage. These improvements should prove to be particularly useful for Windows 11 users on portable devices, as they must contend with limited battery life.

[…] we’ve introduced sleeping tabs out of the box. Here, you can see the settings in Edge. In my case, I’ve got it set to sleep after five minutes of inactivity. And this is user or policy configurable, by the way. And if you look at the browser tabs, you’ll see that a number of tabs are asleep, as denoted by the faded icons. And as I hover over it, for example, the adobe.com tab, you’ll see the notification that the tab is asleep to save resources. And the same is true for these tabs with Microsoft Word as I hover over it. And this one for PowerPoint. In fact, when we introduced this, we saw an average savings of 32 percent for memory and 37 percent for CPU usage. Now, all of these optimizations combined from the OS and apps, as you can imagine, also equate to longer battery life.

Windows 11 will also resume from sleep quicker than its predecessor. Thanks to improvements in memory manage, resume from sleep is now 25 percent faster than in Windows 10. That means waking up a system should feel instantaneous for most users.

[…] Windows 11 has an optimized instant-on experience as your PC resumes from sleep. In the sleep state or S3 mode, your RAM stays energized so it still has power while most other components are powered down. Now, when you resume from sleep, two things happen. First, we’ve optimized calls to hardware components that need to power on for better overall memory management. And at the software layer, we’ve reduced starvation across key processing threads so that power is preserved for the threads that really need it. Now, this approach optimizes resume from sleep by 25 percent. So for most people, resume will be almost instantaneous. It also means that your device can stay in sleep state longer and not hibernate as often.

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 11 will launch on October 5. The new operating system will be rolled out gradually to eligible Windows 10 systems as a free upgrade.

Source: Microsoft

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9 Comments

  1. Wow.

    They are really trying SO hard to get people to like Windows 11.

    It’s almost as if they are desperate.

  2. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 41136, member: 203″]
    Wow.

    They are really trying SO hard to get people to like Windows 11.

    It’s almost as if they are desperate.
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    They don’t need to be, they’ll just force you to upgrade from 10, and there will be no opting out.

  3. So what this says is don’t plan on getting your single system multibox MMO sessions to work well. Because whatever one you are clicked on will have resource priority and even if you have oodles of resources left thanks to prioritization the rest will run like crap. ENJOY!!

    Another issue I have with 11 is with how windows defender suddenly decided that the cheat programs I use from cheathappens are now viri and I had to put an exception in for freaking EXECUTEABLE files to get them to work again…

    Let me take the detection category and white list that or make proper white listing also white list other executables created or spawned by the specific executable I white list you freaking IDIOTS!

  4. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 41141, member: 215″]
    Another issue I have with 11 is with how windows defender suddenly decided that the cheat programs I use from cheathappens are now viri and I had to put an exception in for freaking EXECUTEABLE files to get them to work again…
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    I actually kind of like this. Would be even better if they removed the ability to make an exception :p

  5. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 41143, member: 203″]
    I actually kind of like this. Would be even better if they removed the ability to make an exception :p
    [/QUOTE]

    If my running cheats on single player games is an issue for your experience in single player games I have to wonder about your general well being and state of mind.

    Here have a Snickers and a Dr Pepper.

    (Had a family member that worked in a psych ward in a hospital. When someone would loose it they would be given a Snickers and a Dr Pepper. From personal experience using this myself it works! lol. )

  6. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 41145, member: 215″]
    If my running cheats on single player games is an issue for your experience in single player games I have to wonder about your general well being and state of mind.

    Here have a Snickers and a Dr Pepper.

    (Had a family member that worked in a psych ward in a hospital. When someone would loose it they would be given a Snickers and a Dr Pepper. From personal experience using this myself it works! lol. )
    [/QUOTE]

    I honestly don’t care about single player games. When you cheat at a single player game you are cheating no one but yourself.

    I just like the concept of cheat controls, and I don’t trust the ability of something like Defender to reliably tell the difference between a single player cheat and a multiplayer one, and sacrificing single player cheats in order to get rid of multiplayer cheats seems like a small price to pay :p

  7. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 41149, member: 203″]
    I honestly don’t care about single player games. When you cheat at a single player game you are cheating no one but yourself.

    I just like the concept of cheat controls, and I don’t trust the ability of something like Defender to reliably tell the difference between a single player cheat and a multiplayer one, and sacrificing single player cheats in order to get rid of multiplayer cheats seems like a small price to pay :p
    [/QUOTE]

    That’s just it it’s not sacrificed. These “security” improvements are also getting in the way of it tools.

    Imagine if you couldn’t use pushd or icacls commands to correct directory or file access? Thst would suck. But in a very real sense those are nightmare tools for security people..

  8. Defender is not an anti cheat device, it is not supposed to be. And while game developers insist on making games deliberately grindy just so you have to buy “time savers” I insist on having cheats. And I never play multiplayer games.

  9. Well as long as it “feels” faster! Maybe MS could ship you a little USB powered fan to plug in and point at your face… so your hair will blow in the wind while using Win 11. FEEL the speed. o_O

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